By Angela Glaz
500 Hour E-RYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor
Agni is the sanskrit word for fire. In Ayurveda agni is referred to as the fire that promotes digestion and transformation Ultimately, it is the discernment of agni that determines which substances enter our cells and tissues and which substances should be removed as waste. In this way, agni is the gatekeeper, the maintainer, the regulator of our life. Ayurveda identifies a vast range of functions for which agni is directly responsible, but it also teaches us that impaired agni is at the root of all imbalances and diseases.
The Functions of Agni:
Digestion, absorption, assimilation
The creation of digestive enzymes
All metabolic activities
Strength and vitality
Skin color, complexion, glow and luster
The maintenance of body temperature Mental Clarity
Flow of cellular communication
What Healthy Agni Looks Like:
Clean Tongue (no coating)
Proper appreciation of taste
Can digest a reasonable quantity of any food without issue
Proper and regular bowl movements
Normal blood pressure
High energy, strong vitality
Courage, lucidity and intelligence
Cheerfulness, optimism and enthusiasm
Love of life
What Impaired Agni Looks Like:
Emotional disturbances, with an increased tendency toward fear, anxiety, anger, confusion, lethargy or depression.
Low energy, weakness or fatigue.
Suppressed or over-active appetite
Indigestion: gas, bloating, constipation, nausea, hyperacidity, loose stools, a sense of heaviness, feeling tired or mentally foggy after meals.
A tendency toward congestion in the sinuses, the lymph, or even the mind.
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